Recess Bar Upstairs

4.7
19 Reviews
$40 and under
Australian
Geelong’s best cocktail bar impresses from the moment you head upstairs. You’re struck with a stunning beer garden with sweeping views of the beautiful St Mary’s church.

It’s the perfect place to sip on our delicious Cocktails, open from Wednesday to Saturday from 4pm.

Our cocktails are playfully named which makes it the ideal place to expand your mixed drink education.

There are also a number of local and imported wines and beers available at the bar, as well as local and imported beers and cider on tap.

In terms of entertainment the upstairs bar features Drag & DJs every Friday and Saturday night, hosting ‘Fabulous Friday’ and ‘Saucy Saturdays’ with Queens in Sequins for Geelong’s Best Free Drag Show.

We only take reservations to 8pm, after this you are welcome to walk in.

Our Kitchen opens from 5pm to approx. 9pm with our bar menu
15% surcharge applies on public hoildays

Experiences

  • Happy hour + Currently no drag shows

    Multiple dates available

    We're serving up Happy Hour drink specials from 4-6pm EVERY FRIDAY in Recess Bar Upstairs! Make the most of $14 cocktails, $8 wines and $8 basic spirits for your Friday knock off drinks! *** Please note no drag shows are NOT running atm, due to lock downs. Sorry about this

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 19 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
ambience
4.5
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JoJoA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff made the Birthday celebration a night to remember. The food and cocktails were yummy and we enjoyed all that was recommended​.

GB
GemmaB
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Very poor customer service while only doing table service, we only were able to order two drinks within two hours due to waiter not coming to a table of 6 instead going to I’m
Assuming friends of a table of two constantly, we ended up leaving

KW
KellyW
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great GF food , friendly staff and ambience, will definitely go back

KM
KellyM
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most amazing array of GF food, gorgeous cocktails and fantastic vibe .. will Definately be back

KD
KarleyD
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I definitely recommend this venue! The food was delicious and so were the cocktails

NR
NickR
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We booked with the intent of a romantic dinner. My husband made the booking and was told we would have to sit upstairs but not told about the limited menu. On arrival we walked past 4 staff members one texting on the stairs before approaching the bar and waiting to be greeted. When going to the bar to order a drink and ask if the menu was just what was on the drinks list, I waited whilst 6 floor staff members stood in the bar or walked around. Only one was serving but the others kept their heads down and avoided a greeting or offer of service. When i was served I asked for a cider, the waited poured a foam filled cup and just managed to fill the glass then pronounced it was the end of the keg and it may be half beer. He then took a straw full and tasted it and said i think its just cider. I explained i was celiac so could not risk the contamination to which he replied he thought the last drink poured was cider so it was 'Safe'. We decided to order a bowl of chips as we were starving and then look for somewhere else to eat. My husband went to order the chips and asked for them gluten free to which he was told they would have to ask the chef as they didn't know if the chips could be cooked gluten free, The reason we booked in the first place was for a gluten free option.

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BoleynW
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible cocktails and food! Can’t wait to come back!

AD
AmandaDevi
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location for a Saturday night !! Great staff served us cocktails and food as we danced and enjoyed..

CB
CraigB
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Great food and drink options, great service. Good atmosphere but music was far too loud.

MJ
MelJ
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Was a great night. Loved the drag show. So much fun and energy. Book downstairs if you are going on a Friday night and want to be able to have a conversation as was difficult at times with the music being so loud

MS
MichaelS
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great for Gluten free with great flavours and variety

CC
CassC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Recess upstairs on a Friday night is fun and vibrant. Couldn't recommend enough. The food and entertained are exceptional. Plus the cocktails are amazing.

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Loza
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great to have a GF menu even drinks. And you don’t have to compromise taste!

KW
KatW
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat! The food is fantastic, the cocktails are awesome and the staff are fab. Highly recommend!

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Sharon
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night and great atmosphere! The drag show was a lot of fun!

KL
KylieL
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to see so many people out & about again, Recess is consistently great, Friday night is beyond fun with the drag girls in house. Can't wait to go back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Food, Amazing Cocktails and Fantasticly Funny Drag Show

KR
KimR
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best cocktails in Geelong! Fantastic share food. Wonderful, friendly and helpful staff.
Can't fault it. Had a ball.

H
Hannah
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a really good night! Service was good, food was amazing. Would recommend to anyone.

FAQs

Recess Bar Upstairs is rated 4.7 stars by 19 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.